Note on “Adjust Speed to Follow Aircraft Ahead”

July, 19, 2020 by

Courtesy of Tyler Shelton, Infinite Flight ATC Manager:

“The only reason we have it is because we have the luxury of seeing each other’s IAS (Indicated Air Speed).

A speed to follow for our purposes is primarily in the form of reducing to follow. If you’ve got a slow poke 25nm out at around 180knts IAS and now you’ve got to speed up the line, I’d always favor using actual assigned speeds.

As a side note, adjust to follow once you’re at your approach speed can and should be ignored. No one should be riding the stall horn to build space and it’s ATC’s problem at that point.”

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More